THE £4million scheme to transform Bournemouth's Lansdowne district is starting to take shape.

Work on the town centre project started mid April, and there is currently a road closure in place on Holdenhurst Road.

The first paving slabs appear to have been put in place, and BCP Council says work is on track.

A BCP Council spokesman said: "Work in Lansdowne is progressing well in line with our expectations.

"It is fantastic to see the exciting plans for the £4m investment, to revitalise this key part of the conurbation, beginning to take shape.

"These first phases of the Lansdowne programme are due to conclude at the end of July to ensure there is an enhanced public realm for visitors, residents and businesses in the summer."

The overall plan is to revamp the public areas in and around Lansdowne, with the creation of outdoor event space, public art areas, outdoor areas and new protected cycle route and pedestrian crossing points.

Speaking when work started on the firs started on the project, Cllr Philip Broadhead, deputy leader and portfolio holder for regeneration at BCP Council, said: "This will help to invite people back into local businesses who will be looking to bounce back once restrictions are lifted.

“Our long-term vision remains the same and we hope this initial phase becomes a springboard for future investment and change.”

Holdenhurst Road remains closed from Lansdowne roundabout to St Swithun’s roundabout.

However, pedestrian and cycle access through the area is being maintained.

Access to all premises on Holdenhurst Road is also being maintained, says BCP Council.

When the scheme was first considered by Bournemouth council, it was planned to make Holdenhurst Road fully pedestrianised.

However, increasing costs and pressure from bus companies saw this scaled back to allow bus access but the newly-approved scheme will allow all traffic to use the route.